The Pat Gillette Memorial Foundation has awarded six $1,500 Pat Gillette Memorial scholarships to area graduating student-athletes for the coming college academic year 2019-20, said George Gillette in a release:
George in 1991 founded and chairs the Pat Gillette Memorial Scholarship Fund that has provided two scholarships for students for the past 28 years.
Pat believed knowledge and education are gained in the classroom and in all aspects of life, according to a release.
Thus the scholarship committee chooses recipients who clearly demonstrate involvement and enthusiasm for a wide variety of interests and activities, with regard for academic excellence.
Pat, who died at 48 in 1991 of a brain tumor, was one of George’s three older brothers. They grew up in Milton-Freewater and attended McLoughlin High School where Pat made all state in football and baseball his senior year.
“He was a very talented guy,” George said. He played many sports, but “didn’t ice skate so he couldn’t referee at hockey games.” However, he spent years officiating at high school sports.
He served in the military, attended Walla Walla Community College and Portland State University then worked as office manager for Baldwin & Sutherland Paving in Walla Walla.
Scholarship recipients are:
DeSales High School: Connor M. Leahy.
McLoughlin High School: Megan E. Norton, Bianca E. Garcia, Anney R. Banek, Kasey S. Lesko, Alexis Pio.
The foundation sponsors two fundraising golf tourneys per year with proceeds benefitting the scholarship. They raised $5,300 at the 19 PEG Invitational Scramble held June 22-23. PEG stands for Pat Elton Gillette.
The second event, set for Aug. 18, is the four-person PEG Cross-Country Scramble at Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course. Call George at the course to sign up at 541-938-7284.
Applications will be accepted January through the end of April for the 2020-21 scholarship round through Pat Gillette Memorial Scholarship Fund Inc., 301 Catherine Ave., Milton Freewater, OR, 97862-1814.
The applications are sent to area schools, including Touchet, DeSales, Wa-Hi and Mac-Hi, George said.